Runner Runner - Runner Runner

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Pop, Pop Rock
Capitol Records
Runner Runner
Runner Runner
Runner Runner - Runner Runner Review rating:
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Average: 3.7 (3 votes)

Immaturity seems to be the song of the scene right now, and Runner Runner are proof of that. With several band members approaching their thirties, any sane person would think they would write about things deeper than high school romance. That sane person would be wrong. On Runner Runner, the band provides one of the most cheesed-out, overproduced records of the year.

The album starts off with a re-recording of their track “So Obvious.” While mildly catchy, the song is also killed by overproduction and AutoTune, and comes nowhere near the original. “Unstoppable” too suffers from overproduction and Auto-Tune, with the beginning sounding more like a Ke$ha song than a piece of pop-rock. Unfortunately, these two tracks serve as the high point of the album. The following tracks can only be defined as pop trash. The “heartfelt” track “Papercuts” only comes off as contrived. “Hate The Way” sounds like a male vocal singing on an Emily Osment track. The new version of “Hey Alli” is put through so much production that the original’s heart-touching vibe has been lost. Unfortunately, the album only continues in this manner. Mid-temp track “See You Around” raises the standard of the record ever so slightly with its piano line and dynamic chorus, while closer “Running Away” showcases some slight experimentation with sparse instrumentation in the beginning giving way to what is one of the only emotional songs on the record that actually betrays a hint of emotion.

Overall, Runner Runner is not a good record. While the first two and final two tracks offer some level of comepetence, the eight tracks in between could come to define mediocrity. Unfortunately, this record will receive loads of attention, and the band will skyrocket to stardom. Let’s just hope that next time, they’ll write some music deserving of it.

 

1. So Obvious
2. Unstoppable
3. Papercuts
4. Hate The Way
5. Hey Alli
6. Life After You
7. Falling
8. She's My Kinda Girl
9. History Her Story
10. 21
11. See You Around
12. Running Away

Five distinct personalities joining forces to make one mighty sound — that’s Runner Runner. The SoCal band’s self-titled debut album — released through a new partnership with Capitol Records, C.E. Music (a new label formed by David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants Inc.) and Jack Ponti’s MRV label — combines skillful songwriting and musicianship, punk-infused intensity and humungous pop hooks.

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